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4.0 out of 5 stars Bring On The Terrible Twos (8/10), 6 July 2009
Gannon (Manchester, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Rewild (Audio CD)
If blissed out, powder-munching hippies making summery, pysch-pop sounds familiar then read on, but fear not, for this is no rushed follow-up to the hit-and-miss Oracular Spectacular show. Sure, there are similarities in loose genres and the fact that both MGMT and Amazing Baby put out excellent EPs before their long-playing debuts, also in the remarkable fact that both attended the same Connecticut university, along with Chairlift and Boy Crisis. Whether a one-university scene has much longevity beyond these alumni we will just have to see, or failing that ask Conor Oberst and his Saddle Creekers for their thoughts.

In the long run, VanWyngarden and cohort fell down in places on their LP with shrug-some padding and insubstantial high (if you get me) jinx. Since the release of Amazing Baby's lean Infinite ****ing Cross EP, expectation has been equally high, and Rewild is comprised of almost all of that EP (formally available for free download on their Myspace), as well as a couple of old favourites and several new numbers. At first, these newer numbers (Kankra, Dead Light and Roverfrenz, for example) seem complimentary, intoxicating even, but repeat plays ultimately reveal them as pale in comparison to the more established tracks. As some have suggested, `Deerripper' is a little too close to Kasabian's pomp and `Smoke Bros' starts like a bulimic `Hard To Explain' before descending into brass-based whimsy. This is no disaster however because Will Roan and company successfully paint their stronger songs onto this acceptable canvas of extended interlude.

`Headdress' is stately and upbeat, a grown-up and gruffer `Time To Pretend', with just a touch of Suede. `Invisible Palace' is full of Black Mountain's stoner-stodge and, yes, MGMT's flighty, summertime grooves. Amazing Baby however have a few tricks up their sleeves, and likely a couple in their pockets too. `Bayonets' and `The Narwhal' have more than a spot of Bolan's glam-rock to them, but Rewild is all about anthemic closer `Pump Yr Brakes'. Unforgivable text-speak aside, it is as excitable as it was on the EP, a rousing, fists-in-the-air and get-on-the-dancefloor romp of heavy riffing, which recalls Alice In Chain's `Grind', throwing in sickeningly pleasing, psychedelic, pop-rock fancy to dilute. Having only formed in early 2008, Amazing Baby are true to their name at times, elsewhere better. And here's hoping they grow into something even more impressive. Bring on the terrible twos.
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